Nealey invites young people to apply for legislative page program

Hey teens! Would you like to meet new friends, get a week away from your school, learn about the Legislature, and get paid for being at the state Capitol? If so, Rep. Terry Nealey has an offer for you.

Nealey, R-Dayton, is looking for young people between the ages of 14 and 16 to serve as pages in the Legislature.

"For more than 118 years, young people from throughout Washington have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the House of Representatives. This is a great educational opportunity for students to participate and learn about our process of making laws at the Capitol. Each page spends a week in Olympia where they help lawmakers with various tasks and attend two hours each day in a classroom setting learning about the legislative process," said Nealey. "It's a great honor to serve as a page in the Legislature."

Page duties are varied. They range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting flags to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions.

To serve as a page for the House of Representatives, a student must:

  • Have permission from a parent or guardian;

  • Have permission from school;

  • Be sponsored by a current member of the House of Representatives (such as Rep. Nealey); and

  • Be at least 14 years of age and have not reached his or her 17th birthday.

Pages are responsible for their own housing and transportation arrangements. However, pages stay with host families in Olympia. Upon acceptance, the House of Representatives will provide a list of available private housing. Pages are also paid $35 for each day worked.

"We have about five weeks remaining in this legislative session and openings are still available through my office to become a page. I encourage local students to get involved with this great program," concluded Nealey.

For more information, contact Nealey's office at (360) 786-7828 or go to http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx

MEDIA CONTACT: John Sattgast, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7257

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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